Kobach Defends Embattled Election Official

Tabitha Lehman and Jean Schodorf
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WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Democrat Jean Schodorf says Secretary of State Kris Kobach should fire the Sedgwick County election commissioner for her handling of petitions submitted to her office seeking to decriminalize marijuana in Wichita.

Schodorf is challenging Kobach in the race for secretary of state. She said Wednesday that election commissioner Tabitha Lehman should be immediately fired for incompetence and gross misconduct.

Kobach told The Wichita Eagle he has no intention of firing Lehman. He said she did an "extremely careful job" and allowed the public to inspect the decision.

Lehman determined after a recount last week that the petition was 47 signatures short of the 2,928 signatures needed to put the marijuana question on the November ballot.

Posted by Greg Palmer